When To Rely And Not Rely On Pentamize Tracking

This Pentamize blog post has the entries for both Days 249 and 250.

Day 249

After 3 straight days of split workouts and an overall weight loss of .3 kg, it’s time to have a normal day with only one workout. As I am writing this, I have not yet decided how long I will be running. But it will definitely be only one session.

I might have a hard time preventing weight gain today. My breakfast was bigger than usual, but I did slow down some as the day progressed.

I didn’t even bother weighing in until waking up in the morning. I was at a pretty high 77.1 kg and then was about 77.0 before starting the run.

My pace was rather slow today, and I took a break in the middle for some reason I don’t need to go into here. But I almost never take a break during a long run because it is not high intensity. There’s just no good reason for me to take a break. The results of the 90-minute run were not that good. I lost .9 kg, getting down to 76.1 kg. After going to the bathroom, I then had an official weigh-in of 76.0 kg. Crunching those numbers, that gave me a weight gain of .2 kg today.

In 2 days, I have given back .4 kg (.2 per day). This is starting to move in the wrong direction. So I will need to watch closely what happens on Day 250. If I have a third day in a row of weight gain, it may be time to take some drastic measures. But I’ll consider that possibility after the official Day 250 weigh-in. For now, though, this may just be a natural fluctuation.

Day 250

Starting Weight: 76.0 kg
Ending Weight: 76.4 kg
Gained .4 KG (almost a pound)

Today was another relatively undisciplined day when it comes to diet. I drank too many smoothies, which has always made it difficult for me to keep control of my weight on an intra-day basis. That is, I am not saying that smoothies are bad in general. It’s just that use of Pentamize tracking to rigorously control diet is made difficult by the consumption of heavy meals/snacks. While those heavy foods might not promote weight gain overall, they at least temporarily cause weight to shoot up quickly. And that can lead to misleading temporary weight gain.

For me, Pentamize weight tracking has been probably the #1 key to my success. However, it is still only a tool that allows you to create and maintain an effective diet and exercise regimen. You’ll still have to summon the willpower to stick to that diet and exercise. So tracking is not magic. It’s a tool that helps you create and stick to your plan.

As beneficial as Pentamize tracking has been for me and hopefully can be for you, it can have its drawbacks. By this, I don’t mean to stop weighing yourself or weighing your food all together. What I mean is expressed through today’s smoothie example. Drinking smoothies can make your weight go up fast. But if you KNOW from experience that the smoothies you are drinking will NOT cause you to lose weight over time, then getting upset about fast weight gain is not good for your mind. You might determine that you show a weight gain on days when eating certain healthy foods. But over the course of 2 to 3 days, that weight should all come back off as long as these foods don’t promote permanent weight gain. In that case, don’t be upset if you gain weight on a particular day as long as experience tells you that you will just drop that weight over the next 24 to 48 hours, anyway.

I am just giving the 24 to 48 hours as a sample time. Most people are obviously going to digest their food faster than that. But there could be times when the digestion process is slower or people who have a slower-than-typical digestion time.

Another good example is watermelon. Your weight can shoot up really fast with watermelon. However, it is typical for that weight to come right back off really fast. But it would be futile to try to say exactly how many hours that is going to take. So in the short term (meaning one to 3 days), your Pentamize tracking may give misleading results that you can’t totally rely on. But as long as you have already tracked certain food consumption and are aware of these potentially misleading temporary results, then don’t sweat it too much if you sometimes appear to be overweight at an official weigh-in. That could just be the weight of food that has not yet digested. And the healthier this food is from a weight-loss perspective, the less you would have to worry about this temporary gain.

Do not abandon Pentamize tracking because of possibly misleading results. Rather, learn when it can be temporarily misleading and plan your diet and exercise accordingly. Throwing away an excellent weight-loss tool because it is not perfect would be a big mistake. It’s not designed to be perfect, as that would appear to be impossible at this time in human history. Otherwise, science would have already found a way for everyone to easily lose weight. Hard work is already hard enough. Making it easier by using the right tools is the way to go.

In my case, I probably just overate a little too much today. I woke up and weighed in at 77.2 kg. That was 1.2 kg over the morning weight, but without yet doing my exercise session. So I may gain a little, break even, or lose a small amount by the time I finish working out.

After running for 30 minutes, I lost .5 kg and ended the day at 76.4 kg (I had also lost an additional .3 kg not from exercise after waking up). Although that is a weight gain of .4 kg, there are some great things to come out of this result. Read the Day 251 blog post for more information on this topic.

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